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E.L.F Hydrating Bubble Mask


Hi everyone!! How are you all doing?! Can we even believe that it is 1. almost christmas and 2. that the new year is around the corner. I feel like this year has flown by and my brain hasn’t caught up with any of it. Thankfully I have been enjoying some time off from school and have been able to catch up on some much needed Netflix binges #goals. While I have been off I have been able to do some much needed testing of some beauty and skin care products and am very excited to share my newest discovery with you all. Everyone has heard of e.l.f. cosmetics and their amazing products that don’t break the bank. Recently I was given some products from Influenster to try and this is the winner winner chicken diner. This hydrating bubble mask is just about the most fun I have had with skincare in a while. After washing my skin I apply a think layer of this gel like mask to my skin and it actually bubbles up like foam! It kind of tickles as the bubble begin to pop taking dirt and gunk with it. Just leave it on for 5-10 minutes and wash off with arm water and your skin is left so buttery soft and delightful. Even in the humid weather of Florida I don’t find this mask to be too over hydrating which it would make my skin oily but just enough for what it needs. I love face masks but I know some of them are so incredibly pricy that you don’t want to go to town using it I am the same way. This affordable option is just what my nursing school student budget is in need of. Hope you all enjoy this little review and let me know some of your favorite products from e.l.f.!

XOXO Val

Lovelies from L’Oreal

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Hi everyone!!!!! Hope you are all doing wonderfully and enjoying your summer relaxation! I wanted to take a break from studying which is pretty much my life these days to share some of the goodies from my friends at Influenster. If you follow me on Instagram then this L’oreal Voluminous mascara is nothing new for you because it is always a staple and one of my go to’s. However, along with another tube of their Voluminous they sent a whole kit and caboodle for me to play with! I honestly have never tried the lash primer from this line and that kind of blows my mind because hello who doesn’t love long and fluttery full lashes! You just swipe a coat (or two) over your lashes then I apply my Voluminous and hello gorgeous!! For a full look they sent their eyebrow Prep and Shape Pro Kit which eyebrow products have always been a bit intimidating to me but this was so incredibly easy to use. I just picked the lighter shade and fluffed it into my eyebrows and it looked so natural and full. To complete the effortless look they sent two beautiful neutral eyeshadows that can easily be worn everyday and their original Infallible eyeliner. L’oreal and Influenster really know how to treat a gal right and make her feel like an effortless natural beauty with these staple products. I hope you guys enjoyed this little write up and feel inspired to try some new and fun looks for yourselves!

XOXO Val

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

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A few weeks ago I splurged at Space N.K. on some goodies for myself and one of them was this Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser that I had been lusting after for the longest time. I had tried samples of it and even got a mini version in a goodie bag about a year ago but I didn’t want to buy it when I had so many other cleaners and really wanted to use what I had. So just before I was out of my other products I took the plunge and got it for myself and couldn’t be more in love with it! I use this cleanser almost everyday and what it does is takes the days harsh wear and tear on your skin and washes it away while balancing and restoring all of its natural glory. It also has this amazing cooling sensation which helps balance out my oiliness which hello is WONDERFUL!!!! This has to be one of my all time favorite cleaners and I think what I love most about the entire Tata Harper line is that it is all natural! None of her products contain fillers, added fragrances, or any artificial chemicals which I know my skin is really happy about. They also use glass container for all of their products so none of the awful chemicals from a plastic one will leach into the product. I am really looking forward to using more of her products and report back to you all with them! Have a wonderful day everyone and talk to you soon!

XOXO Val

Happy 2016

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!! Ahhh can you even believe it is a brand new year again! I am beyond excited about what this year has in store and I hope to make it another great year! This year I will be starting Nursing School which is truly exciting yet so nerve racking. I have no idea (well kind of no idea) what will be in store other then tons of studying and more studying haha. I have become a newly planner sticker obsessor so I am hoping that my life will be as organized as possible and that my scheduled writing times will stick! I really just feel like this is going to be such an amazing year full of nothing but positive people and situations and I can not be more excited about it! I am also trying to not make any resolutions other then trying to do little things for myself that make me feel good ( which lets be honest shouldn’t be super super hard!). Wether it is taking an hour to do my nails or get them done, using a new perfume or lotion, or even just going for a jog. What are some of the things that you all are looking forward to must this year? Or what are some things that you are trying to accomplish this year? Hope you all had an amazing New Years and can not wait to chat with you all soon!

XOXO Val

Favorite Winter Perfumes

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Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing swell! With the season in full Winter swing ( well as much as it can be here in Florida) I really take the time to enjoy some of my more wintery or heavier (if that even makes sense to you) perfumes. Living in Sunny South Florida we don’t really get any sort of winter and therefore the scents I usually use are light and airy just like the weather. So in order for me to make myself feel more in the Holiday/ Winter spirit I like to change it up and use some of my other favorites. Each of these is so different from one another so it really is hard to pick a favorite. Plus I enjoy that because they are all so different from one another that it allows me to enjoy all of my favorite notes in each without having tons of the same kind. I hope you all enjoyed this as much I did sharing it with you all! If you some of you have been following me for a while then you may have picked up on how much of a perfume fanatic I am so I really do enjoy doing perfume articles! I would love to see what some of your favorites are so please share!!!!

XOXO Val

Narciso Rodriguez/ Nest Indigo/Burberry London/ Elizabeth and James Black/ Jo Malone Early Grey & Cucumber/

Bond Nuits de Noho/ Zara Black Amber ( I couldn’t find it online =/)

Beauty Unmasked

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Hi everyone!!!!! Hope you are all doing well and that this holiday season is treating you all wonderfully! As much as I love this time of year I am in full finals swing so that usually means like myself my skin is also freaking out. During my haul from sephora I picked up this sample pack of some of their most popular pore cleansing, anti-aging and radiance boosting masks. Because I live in an extremely humid climate I find that masks really help to give my skin that extra boost that it needs and clear out any built up dirt and gunk. So after the really taxing task of trying them all I wanted to report back and give my thoughts on each one! Hope you all enjoy!!!

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud– I LOVE this mask! Haha ok I think that was super direct and concise. I am already such a fan of Peter Thomas Roth masks with my all time favorite being the pumpkin enzyme one. If you like that one then this Irish Moor Mud will be very similar for you. It has that slight tingle right when you put it on and then when you wash it off it leaves your skin looking refreshed, degunked and glowing.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask– I have to say I am such a fan girl of this line and was a big fan of this one in particular before getting it in this pack. I have gone through three tubes of it already =/. I will say that when you initially put it on I have experienced watering of the eyes but that subsides. It dries like a fun latex and after 30 minutes you peel right off! The peeling is honestly so much fun. I like how clean this leaves my skin effective it is at removing first from my skin.

Glamglow Youthmud– Hello who isn’t obsessed with this brand! I remember when I first stumbled upon Glamglow and you couldn’t order it from anywhere other then their website. This mask is like more other traditional clay mud mask out there except way cooler. You can actually see the mud trapping and extracting all the dirt from you skin all while it is pumping your skin full of ant-aging compounds. It doesn’t irritate you skin at all even though it has a tingling factor included.

Origins Clear Improvement– I feel like Origins had the first charcoal mask ever. Ever since I have been using products from them I feel like this mask has always been there. The mask goes on great and there is no fuss to it which I really enjoy and I really find this one super effective. I don’t use it every week but this is always a constant staple in my routine.

Erborian Pâte au Ginseng Black Concentrated Mask– You guys!!!! I am in love with this mask! This was one that I have never tried let alone never even heard of before getting it in the samples and my gosh it is wonderful! I woke up after doing it before bed and my skin was so incredibly soft! It is a gel like mask and smells a bit like roses to me when you apply it. Its very gentle yet I find it to be vert effective! I will most defiantly be purchasing after  run out of my sample.

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask-I had honestly never heard of this brand before. But I am all about the algae skin products so if it has Algae I am slapping it on this face hahaha! Really though, I just always read about all the benefits that it has for your skin so I am always so excited to find products that contain it. A little bit of this mask really does go a very long way, I was shocked! It stays on for 10 minutes and in the morning my skin looked glowy and clear. If you are like myself and have an oily complexion then this is right up your ally! It is very light and gentle I just know you will love it!

All in all I would say this kit is a good one to invest in for yourself or a great gift for a skin obsesses friend/ family member. Hope you all enjoyed and that this helped you all a little Happy shopping loves!

XOXO Val

Influenster Sunshine VoxBox

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Its always a happy day when you come home to find a VoxBox from Inluenster on your doorstep! This box theme is sunshine and given the bright shade of yellow that the box is I would say it is very fitting. All off the products inside are ones that will be perfect for your beach vacation or lounging by the pool on the hot summer days. I don’t even know where to begin with which product I am loving most because I honestly LOVE them all. One of my all time favorite condiments is Sriracha, I honestly put it on everything! The spicer the better I always say. So my new best friends at Blue Dimond have come out with Sriracha almonds are for sure are going to be a constant in my beach bag snacks. They are the perfect amount of spice and saltiness that will leave you feeling satisfied and hunger at bay.

I have been using the Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer all summer so thank you Influenster for the extra! In South Florida it is hot and humid beyond belief but I have been using this to refresh my skin after being out in the harsh sun. It not only gives my skin the moisture its craving but the aloe leaves it feeling refreshed and cool. It is so easy to just throw in my beach bag and I don’t have to worry about it spilling all over my bag from being jostled around. Another product I am finding myself throwing in my beach bag or everyday bag are the Dickinson’s Refreshingly Clean Cleaning Cloths. I know that some don’t like cleaning cloths but when your skin is oily and you just want a quick refresh they are truly lifesavers! I use them before I workout at them gym to remove all my makeup or just when I want to give a nice and quick cleanse and remove the dirt from the day and the fact that they have Witch hazel infused makes me over the moon.

The Infusium 23 Smoothing Creme is just what my hair needs after a day in the sun. Using Avocado and Olive Oil this leave in treatment is just what your starving hair is looking for and the smell will make you feel like you are at a salon! I always use a leave in product for my hair after a shower so this was just perfect to get. And from perfect hair for summer to the perfect nail color and I am talking PERFECT this color from SinfulColors in Ocean Side has been added into my collection of got to’s.

I am so excited about this box and I am completely in love with everything inside! Thank you again Influenster for always letting me try these amazing products that quickly become my favorite got to products. Hope you all enjoyed!

xoxo

Val

May Box Round Up

Hi everyone!!!! Hope you all are doing well, and sorry about the lengthy absense but if you follow me on instagram then you have seen that I finally graduated!!! Woo hoo!!!! Ahhh I’m so excited I can barely contain myself, it has been a long journey but I did it and am now on to my next step in schooling. Then the day after graduation I flew to New York to enjoy 8 days in the city I like to call my second home. I will probably do a picture post on some of my favorite snapshots from the trip.

Like the complete subscription junkie that I am I wanted to do a short sweet and to the point post of what I got in my May Ipsy and Birchbox! I have to say I am pretty much in love with all of these products that I got this month (which is rare)! Hope you all enjoy and I have been loving seeing what all of you got in yours too!!

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Hope you all enjoyed and talk to you soon!!

xoxo

Val

 

March Subscription Recap

March Birchbox

March Ipsy

March LWF

Hi all! Like a lot of others out there I am a subscription junkie! I just love looking forward to my little boxes filled with treats and goodies for me to try. So instead of making separate posts for each of my boxes I wanted to put them all into one fun and colorful post for you all. The ones that I have are Love with Food, Birchbox and Ipsy and each have things I love and like about them. Hope you all enjoyed and I love seeing what you all got in your boxes this month.

xoxo

Val

January Love With Food Box

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to be sharing my newest subscription box addiction with you all! This is my first box with Love with Food and I all I can say is that I am blown away! What is it is a monthly box that is packed with goodies for a foodies dream! What I love most is that for every box sent out they donate a meal to a person in need to help end hunger in America. If that doesn’t make it worth it then I don’t know what will! This month was all about food to help you “Live.Laugh.Restore” and these goodies are sure to do that! So far my favorites have been the Kettle cooked apples with raspberries, hibiscus and green coffee extract from Big Slice and the chocolate covered cocoa nibs from Britt. But todays lunch features the in shell almonds and Cassava Pops and needless to say I am counting down the minutes till lunch. I really hope you all enjoyed this little peak into my newest subscription and hope you all check out Love with Food for yourselves!

xoxo Val

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